Lots of people comment about the risks of solo female travel, but I feel that being a female and alone has created so much opportunity. Groups and couples are not as approachable. Women in particular seem more welcoming to me when I’m on my own and let their guard down just that little bit more. Families have shared their food with me on long train journeys, given up their seats or insisted that I join the front of a queue. I’ve had invitations into people’s homes and private tours or accommodation provided free of charge.
Having the opportunity to travel the world is something that I’m grateful for, but the interactions I have had with people around the world is what makes my time away so special and meaningful to me.
The small moments are the best and a true reminder that it’s often the simple things in life which provide the greatest pleasure.
At the end of a yoga class we are often asked to think about one thing that we are grateful for – family, friendship, freedom, good health…it can be anything. For me, I am always grateful for opportunity. Opportunities open doors and can result in wholesale changes to our lives if we accept them. Sometimes we need to take big risks, change our mindset, or just take a shot in the hope that things will work themselves out.
I often got told that I’m lucky but I like to think that it’s more about creating opportunities and saying YES! Life doesn’t always work out the way you have planned but sometimes that’s a good thing.